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Yumi Kurosawa, koto

In this program, award-winning koto player Yumi Kurosawa performs “Sakura” (Cherry Blossom) (traditional Japanese folk song), “Isuzugawa” (Michiyo Miyagi), “Rokudan” (Kengyo Yatsuhashi), Étude no. 3 in E Major, op. 10 (Frédéric Chopin), and her original compositions “Rapture,” “JB Transfer,” “OnedayMonday,” “Journey,” “Inner Space,” “Enchantmentica,” and “Susanoo.”

Born and raised in Japan, Yumi Kurosawa began studying the koto at age three. She received first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. Her extensive performances in Japan have included appearances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and on NHK Broadcast TV. Since 2002, Kurosawa has been based in New York. She has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, and the United States. This concert was recorded at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday, May 19, 2019.